School Counseling

School Counseling Phone #: 804-346-1310
School Counseling Fax #: 804-346-1311

Registrar: Tara L. Hargrave

Holman Counselors
Last names A-G, Mrs. Melissa Morton
Last names H-M, Mrs. Jessica Walter
Last names N-Z, Ms. Meg Balsbaugh

School Counseling News and Information:

Registration Requirements Handout

This document outlines the required documents and information needed to register your student at Holman Middle School.

Course Scheduling

There are many important dates coming up regarding the 2018-2019 scheduling process that we’d like to be sure you are aware of.  This information will help you be aware of when your child will have handouts available to share with you regarding course scheduling for next school year and when we will have opportunities at Holman to learn more about the course offerings.


January 4th – January 10th – Holman School Counselors hold course scheduling classroom lessons with 6th & 7th grade students


Wednesday, January 17th – 8th grade course scheduling meeting with High School Counselors


Thursday, January 18th —Course Scheduling Parent Program for Rising 7th and 8th grade parents, 5:30 – 6pm, Holman Auditorium


Thursday, January 18th —Holman Curriculum Fair for Rising 7th and 8th grade students and families, 6:00 – 7:00pm


International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Applications are available for any sixth grade student interested in applying to the IB Middle Years Program for the 2018-2019 school year.  Current sixth grade students interested in applying should come to the school counseling office to request an application and/or get more information about the IB program.  To learn more about the IB program at Moody Middle School, click on the link to watch a brief video -

All interested students and parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the Information Session and Open House at Moody Middle School.  The sessions are held in the Moody Auditorium at the following times on October 12, 2017:

Session One: 4:30-5:30pm                                         

Session Two: 6:00-7:00pm

Click here for more information about the Information Session and Open House.

All IBMYP applications are due to the Holman School Counseling Office by Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:15pm.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor at 346-1310.

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School

Eighth grade students who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School have received a packet of information about the application process.  The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Admissions Handbook and other important information can be found on this link -  The process of applying to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School has transitioned to an online application this school year.  If a student, who meets the application criteria, is interested in applying, the application will be submitted electronically.  The recommendations forms; however, will be completed on paper. 


The student and parent/guardian must print and complete the waiver (“Access”) section on Recommendation Forms A and B.  The recommendation forms must be given to the student’s school counselor.  The school counselors will be responsible for distributing the recommendation forms to the appropriate teachers and collecting them upon completion.  Please allow ample time for the recommendations to be carefully prepared.  The deadline date to submit recommendation forms to the student’s school counselor for distribution is December 1, 2017 at 3:30pm.


The deadline date for submitted online applications is December 1, 2017.  No late applications will be accepted.  If a student or parent/guardian has questions about the application process or the MLWGS, he/she should contact the school counseling department.   

HCPS Specialty Centers

Click here for Specialty Center Information Sessions and Open House dates.    

Click here for information about the Specialty Center Workshop on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30pm in the Holman Auditorium

Steps to apply to a Specialty Center:

The Specialty Center online application opens Monday, November 20, 2017.  The application deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018.  

  1. Parents/Guardians must complete the Parent Authorization and Waiver Form through their PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  Click here for directions on how to create a Parent Portal account if needed.  
  2. Students will have access to the online application 24 hours after their parent/guardian submitted the Parent Authorization and Waiver Form.  The link to the Specialty Center online application is
  • For step by step directions on the application process, click here to view the HCPS Student Applicant Process Handout.
  • Students should give their teachers a minimum of two weeks to complete their recommendations.  Students may request their teacher recommendation prior to submission of their application.  The deadline for teachers to submit recommendations is January 12, 2018. 
  1. Students must complete the Specialty Center project(s) if required.  Most Specialty Centers require an individual project as an additional component of the application.  Click here for a listing of the center projects.  Students must submit their project in the Schoology Dropbox titled “Holman MS Specialty Center Writing Samples: Section 1” by Friday, January 12, 2018.   

Note: Students are encouraged to review their projects with their school counselor prior to submission. 

Students and parents/guardians should access the HCPS website – for additional information.  If a student or parent/guardian has questions about Specialty Centers and/or the application process, he/she should contact the school counseling department.   

School Counseling Services

Academic Counseling — assists students and their families in acquiring knowledge of curriculum choices available to students, planning an appropriate program of studies, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities.

Career Counseling — helps students gather information and plan accordingly for work, jobs, apprenticeships, and post-secondary education and career opportunities.

Personal and/or Social Counseling — assists students in developing and understanding of themselves and the rights and needs of others; in resolving conflict; and defining individual goals, reflecting their interests, abilities, and aptitudes.

Classroom Counseling — the school counselors present counseling lessons in classrooms throughtou the school year that address developmental issues common to all middle school students (i.e., academic success, career, test-taking, bully prevention, etc.)

Group Counseling — may be requested by students, parents, or teachers. Students will meet in small groups to discuss developmental topics such as self-esteem, social skills, changing families, grief and loss, and study skills.

Individual Counseling — available to students at the request of students, parents, and teachers. The school counselor may meet individually with a student in regards to academic, career, or personal and social concerns.